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Glen Campbell has been a part of the musical landscape since I was a kid. The first of his songs I remember hearing was “Wichita Lineman.” It remains, to this day, my favorite Glen Campbell song. He had all the ingredients for stardom, good looks, charisma, a great voice, and mad guitar skills. I enjoyed the “Glen Campbell Good Time Hour.”

Being a grade school kid, I had no idea his resume was so impressive. Glen was a highly sought after session musician for years. He played on recordings by Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Monkees, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, just to name a few. A long string of hit songs came out of my radio over the years. My favorites, in addition to “Wichita Lineman,” included “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I get to Phoenix,” and of course, “Galveston.”

Glen’s Remake of Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” was released a few months before I started my first paying radio gig. It sounded great in that broadcast studio! When I watched the video of “Adios,” it had me in tears. It was a moving farewell. That being said, this is how I prefer to remember Glen Campbell…

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